A white man in Michigan is charged with a federal hate crime after an alleged assault in opposition to a Black teenager in a state park in June, the Justice Division introduced.
According to a federal affidavit, Lee James Mouat, 42, got here throughout a gaggle of Black youths at Sterling State Park in Monroe, Mich., on June 6. Witnesses say Mouat yelled racist slurs on the teenagers and made different threats throughout their encounter.
The affidavit says that Mouat was complaining in regards to the youngsters enjoying loud music and started making the threats. One witness heard him say, “these n—–s are enjoying gang music,” and “I want somebody would say one thing to me so I can beat them.” One other witness reportedly heard him make a remark to the impact of, “I am going to bash their heads in if they do not flip [their music] down.”
A 3rd witness stated he heard Mouat yell, “Black lives don’t matter,” then seize a “chain-like” object from his minivan and swing it at one of many teenagers, putting him within the face. The sufferer was recognized as Devin Frelon, 18, whose jaw was fractured and misplaced a number of tooth.
An FBI investigation decided that Mouat “willfully precipitated bodily damage to [Frelon], who’s African American, due to the precise or perceived race and coloration.”
“The allegations on this case, which primarily quantity to violent and blatant racism, are deeply offensive to the values we maintain in Michigan,” stated Matthew Schneider, U.S. Legal professional for the Japanese District of Michigan, in a press release. “We are going to prosecute this case with power and vigor, and we are going to do the whole lot we will to hunt justice for the harmless sufferer of this racist hate crime.”
The federal cost comes on prime of state hate crime costs Mouat faces in Monroe County over the identical accusation. At a listening to in June, a decide discovered him indigent and was assigned a courtroom legal professional, according to Michiganradio.org. A closing pre-trial listening to within the case is scheduled for this month.